UMFK Board of visitors to present “Mining in Maine” forum

Potential development of Bald Mountain to be discussed
27 April 2012

FORT KENT - The University of Maine at Fort Kent Board of Visitors’ Business Breakfast Serieswill present an informational forum on the future of “Mining in Maine” and the potential for mining development of Bald Mountain, on Thursday, May 3 at 10 a.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room on the UMFK campus.

Jim Irving, president of J.D. Irving, Limited will be the guest speaker for the forum.

Admission to the forum is free. Pre-registration is required by calling 834-7557 or by email at: by Wednesday, April 25. Seating is limited.

A bill to change the state’s mining laws, LD 1853, An Act To Improve Environmental Oversight and Streamline Permitting for Mining in Maine, passed both chambers of the state legislature earlier this month. The bill now awaits action by Governor Paul LePage.

If enacted, the law would hold significant potential for the mining of gold, silver, copper and zinc on Bald Mountain, which is located northwest of Ashland and Portage. Bald Mountain is owned by J.D. Irving and Prentiss & Carlisle.

For further information on the forum, please call 834-7557.


The forum is on May 3rd, you

The forum is on May 3rd, you have to register by April 25, and you posted this on the 27th. Anyone notice the problem here? Did you get the notice late? Did you get the notice on time, but sat on it? Kind of makes you wonder if UMFK or Fiddlehead focus really wants people to show up.

My fault

Dear Pundit, I take full responsibility for the late posting of this story. We receive about a hundred press releases per week and it's my job to sort through them and post the pertinent (and time sensitive) ones. Though it is not an excuse, I have been a bit behind this week as I deal with a bout of flu. I did not notice the registration deadline and was more aiming to have it up in time to give notice of the meeting on the third. Please be assured, we want people to show up. We also have a reporter scheduled to cover the event. It has been my experience that these registration deadlines can be flexible, so if you want to attend the meeting, please contact Sue at the contact information provided. There may still be space. We strive to keep on top of these things, but alas, we are human. I made a mistake. We have been reporting diligently on the mining issue and will continue to do so. Please accept my apology. Respectfully, Monica Pettengill Jerkins Editor, Fiddlehead Focus